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Local Business Donates Hundreds Of Items For Foster Children

By: Shannon Houser
By: Shannon Houser

They're making the Christmas wishes of nearly 50 foster children come true.

"We saw the interview on WTAP with Sgt. Collins and he explained the program. When I went into work that day I talked to the guys at Zide's and everybody said hey we want to join, we want to be a part of it. So it was a group effort," says Rod Zide, owner of Zide's Sports Shop.

Rod Zide may not be Santa, and Zide's Sports Shop in Marietta may not be the North Pole, but this local business is helping to make Christmas morning special for many kids in Parkersburg.

"To think about the kids at Christmas when they come and look at the gifts under the Christmas tree and to see the smiles on their face. I think they'll really be excited about the products we brought," says Zide's manager, Mike Roberts.

"Basketballs, ball gloves, Under Armour. We were able to do some kids shoes.."

Shoes for nearly 50 children. Plus jackets, t-shirts, socks, nearly 200 items of clothing and sporting goods all being donated to foster children. It's the second year the Parkersburg Police Department's teamed up with Try Again Homes. These donations, plus hundreds more go straight to local kids in need.

"Having a hometown business do something like this, it's the true meaning of christmas. They give a lot to this community already all year long, but for them to pitch into this event and help us with our particular program with Try Again Homes, we're truly thankful," says Parkersburg Police Sgt. Greg Collins.

The last day to donate is December 21st. Organizers say you can donate anything, big or small. There's a wish list posted on the Parkersburg Police Department's website to help you out with your shopping. Drop off all donations at The Parkersburg Police Department City Park Substation.

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